Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kootenay 5 Edmonton 3

Tim Bozon scored a hat-trick, and the ICE rode the strength of four unanswered goals in a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings Thursday.

Kootenay fired 39 shots at the Edmonton goal, 29 of which came in the final fourty minutes as the ICE overcame an early 3-1 deficit to earn two valuable points over their Central Division rivals.

The Oil Kings opened the scored four and a half minutes into the first period on a backhand effort from Brett Pollock, but Kootenay quickly countered on a power-play two minutes later when Bozon deflected a shot past goaltender Tristan Jarry.

Pollock would add a second backhand goal just past the midway mark of the frame as Edmonton took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The hosts went up 3-1 halfway through the second period through Ben Carroll, but the ICE offensive pressure began to pay dividends late in the frame.

Bozon cut the Oil Kings lead to 3-2 on a breakaway at 17:28 before Tyler King fired home an equalizing marker with 49 seconds remaining in the period to put Kootenay back on level terms at the break.

Bozon completed his hat-trick, the fourth of his career and second in an ICE uniform, with a one-timer to the top corner on a Kootenay power-play 1:18 into the third period.

Edmonton mustered only four shots on goal in period three, and the ICE added insurance in the dying seconds when Levi Cable fired a puck from centre ice into the empty Oil Kings net.

Cable became the third Kootenay player to reach 20 goals this season, joining Jaedon Descheneau and Luke Philp.

Philp appeared in his 200th career WHL regular season game, earning one assist.

ICE Defenseman Rinat Valiev added two helpers.

Wyatt Hoflin made 28 saves in goal for Kootenay to record the victory, while Jarry turned aside 34 shots for Edmonton.

The ICE went 2-3 on the power-play, killing all three Oil Kings man-advantage opportunities.

UP NEXT: the ICE will play nine of the next ten games on home ice, beginning with a Saturday showdown against the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 7:00 pm at western Financial Place.